|E3 and the Future of Gaming Consoles
||[May. 7th, 2005|01:19 am]
E3 and the Future of Gaming Consoles
With E3 recently finishing up, many of the gaming giants stepped
forward to reveal the future consoles. I've read some articles
and here's my fav. parts from them. I've purposely left out the
Xbox 360 because I don't care much for it. *shrugs* If you
do, click here. That's an entire page describing the power behind it (Radeon graphics chip, ATI processors and a 60 GB hard drive).
Now, the big boys. First up, Sony with it's tentatively titled, "Play Station 3".
This baby will be powered by NVidia (GeForce) graphics chip and IBM and
Toshiba's new processor, The Cell (a brand-new multicore
processor). Now, why would you need a multicore processor?
Obviously Sony has big plans for the PS3. This would mean "a
next-generation game system that can also decode multiple HD streams,
function as a PVR, record HDTV to Blu-ray, and also record video to a
Memory Stick for PSP playback". I was expecting this. Now,
for a more money-friendly possiblity for the PS3.
"Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president and chief operations
officer David Reeves hinted that the "PS3 is intrinsically linked with
the PSX." The PSX, as you may recall, is the Sony DVD-HDD recorder that
can also play PS2 games. Reeves further speculated that we might see
two versions of the PlayStation 3: "You could probably envisage having
PSX, and that branching out into PS3, which has all-singing,
all-dancing features with maybe a hard disk drive. But also there might
be a normal PS3 for gamers, who just want to play the movies and have
better games. So you might see two versions; one is a home server, the
other is for someone that can't afford whatever it might be, 600 or 700
Euros, and wants just to pay 200 Euros for a new generation games
Two versions of the PS3 hopefully will be available. I really don't want to spend $700-$900 US for a PS3.
"Based on the power of the Cell and its multipurpose capabilities, the
PS3 has the potential to become a multimedia powerhouse." - James Yu
Last, but not least, Nintendo and it's very secretive console, "The Nintendo Revolution".
This company has kept almost everything concerning this console in
secret. According to the release at E3, all the consoles will
have competitve hardware but Nintendo is ahead of the pack with rumours
alone compared to the concrete facts Sony and Microsoft have
released. It's revolutionary gaming experience will be much
anticipated by the gaming generation.
It's rumoured that the Revolution will have pressure-sensitive
controllers (meaning that if you push softly on a button then it would
be a soft break in a racing game). Also rumoured would be the
voice control since it's already featured on the Nintendo DS and the
gyroscopic sensors (meaning if you move the controller the sensors will
pick it up and move along with you).
"During this announcement period, it's all too easy to get caught up in
hardware specification debates and lose sight of what all this hardware
really means. These new platforms will allow game developers to create
better, more enjoyable games. Ultimately the software has to fulfill
the promises made by the hardware. While we're excited to learn all
about the next-generation hardware at E3, we're even more excited to
see the actual games that will bring the new systems to life."
I'm just going to wait patiently because nothing will be out till 2006.